Quotation Laroze, Denise, Neumayer, Eric, Plümper, Thomas. 2021. COVID-19 does not stop at open borders: Spatial contagion among local authority districts during England's first wave. Social Science & Medicine. 270 (11365), 1-6.


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Infectious diseases generate spatial dependence or contagion not only between individuals but also between geographical units. New infections in one local district do not just depend on properties of the district, but also on the strength of social ties of its population with populations in other districts and their own degree of infec-tiousness. We show that SARS-CoV-2 infections during the first wave of the pandemic spread across district borders in England as a function of pre-crisis commute to work streams between districts. Crucially, the strength of this spatial contagion depends on the phase of the epidemic. In the first pre-lockdown phase, the spread of the virus across district borders is high. During the lockdown period, the cross-border spread of new infections slows down significantly. Spatial contagion increases again after the lockdown is eased but not statistically significantly so.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Social Science & Medicine
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title COVID-19 does not stop at open borders: Spatial contagion among local authority districts during England's first wave
Volume 270
Number 11365
Year 2021
Page from 1
Page to 6
Reviewed? Y
URL https://api.elsevier.com/content/article/PII:S0277953620308741?httpAccept=text/xml
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113655
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0277953620308741?token=B9767E28C4F30E99DFF859CBFB2477D71AEC27F3E4C84FD160ED495961500C6C96B2D62B0444FD16BFFF

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Plümper, Thomas (Details)
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Laroze, Denise (Uiversidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
Neumayer, Eric (LSE, United Kingdom)
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Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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